“Game of Thrones” season 6 is the first season of the popular TV series that did not use George R.R. Martin’s novels as sources. Now that episode 10 is about to air, many are accusing the series of spoiling ‘Winds of Winter’ and future novels.
While the series has detached itself from the books, some believe that what happens in the adaptation will affect future chapters. Characters that are still alive in the novels are killed off in the adaptation prompting others to believe that they will suffer the same fate.
Take the case of Rickon Stark, in the novels, he is still safe on some island in the north. In the TV adaptation, he is betrayed by the Umbers and was later killed by Ramsay Bolton.
Rickon is alive in the books, fans fear his fate in “Game of Thrones” will be reflected in the novels. Many believe this despite the fact that the whole northern plot involving Sansa Stark is nonexistent in the novels.
George R.R. Martin had already made his position on the series known. He prefers to leave the story of the TV adaptation to showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Martin now works on the final chapters of his sixth novel “Winds of Winter.”
It does seem unlikely that the events in the series will dictate what will happen in the novels. Nevertheless, what happens in the show is now completely different. This is due to the fact that future books will not come out in time to be used as sources.
Hopefully, purists will watch the series as a separate canon than what is being told in the novels. The series is a gem in of itself and would be such a waste to be shrugged off due to a misguided theory.
Watch “Game of Thrones” Episode 10 “Winds of Winter” this Sunday only on HBO.